Sun worshippers arrive in summer, snowboarders arrive in winter. Modern and classical art compete for attention. Bull fighting is both loved and hated. People go out in trendy clubs but also in the streets. Madrid is a city of extremes.
Classical versus modern Madrid
With more than three million inhabitants, Madrid is the largest city of Spain. It is a true metropolis with a wide range of museums and monuments. The Palacio Real (Royal Palace) and Retiropark (Archaeological Museum) should not be missed during a city trip. Madrid also has a few top class museums. Museo del Prado is a classical museum where many Spanish artists can be admired, but that also has a room dedicated to Dutch Masters. Those who prefer modern art should not skip Museo Reins Sofia. Picasso is its most famous guest, with Guernica as a masterpiece.
Bullfighting is controversial both in Spain and abroad, but in Madrid it is still alive and kicking. For the present, there are no plans to stop, because according to many Madrilenians this is part of the city’s cultural heritage. Toreadors and bulls fight each other in Las Ventas. In the period of March to June this happens every day; then once a week until October. Those who are interested can go and take a look; those who abhor it should better wait until a music concert is organised in the arena.
Food & drinks in Madrid
In Madrid, Spanish cuisine is expressed in its own way. The most striking dish is a traditional stew, known as cocido madrileño. Fresh preparation is important, preferably with Spanish products. The well-known tapas are widely available. Madrid has an abundance of bars and clubs. Nevertheless, the nightlife mostly takes place outdoors. Drinking and socialising in the streets – botellón – is perfectly normal here, with the supermarket serving as a cheap bar.